Best New Musicals (since the 2000s)

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1. La La Land (I) (2016)

PG-13 | 128 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

93 Metascore

While navigating their careers in Los Angeles, a pianist and an actress fall in love while attempting to reconcile their aspirations for the future.

Director: Damien Chazelle | Stars: Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Rosemarie DeWitt, J.K. Simmons

Votes: 439,600 | Gross: $151.10M

2. God Help the Girl (2014)

Unrated | 112 min | Drama, Music, Romance

58 Metascore

As Eve begins writing songs as a way to sort through some emotional problems, she meets James and Cassie, two musicians each at crossroads of their own.

Director: Stuart Murdoch | Stars: Emily Browning, Olly Alexander, Hannah Murray, Pierre Boulanger

Votes: 8,074 | Gross: $0.10M

3. The History of Future Folk (2012)

Not Rated | 86 min | Comedy, Music, Sci-Fi

67 Metascore

The possibly exaggerated origin story of the real life alien bluegrass band, Future Folk, that has been playing for NYC audiences for the better part of a decade.

Directors: John Mitchell, Jeremy Kipp Walker | Stars: Nils d'Aulaire, Jay Klaitz, Julie Ann Emery, April L. Hernandez

Votes: 2,066 | Gross: $0.02M

4. Mamma Mia! (2008)

PG-13 | 108 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

51 Metascore

The story of a bride-to-be trying to find her real father told using hit songs by the popular 1970s group ABBA.

Director: Phyllida Lloyd | Stars: Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Amanda Seyfried, Stellan Skarsgård

Votes: 195,058 | Gross: $144.13M

5. Sing Street (2016)

PG-13 | 106 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

79 Metascore

A boy growing up in Dublin during the 1980s escapes his strained family life by starting a band to impress the mysterious girl he likes.

Director: John Carney | Stars: Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, Aidan Gillen, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Jack Reynor

Votes: 75,267 | Gross: $3.24M

6. Begin Again (II) (2013)

R | 104 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

62 Metascore

A chance encounter between a disgraced music-business executive and a young singer-songwriter, new to Manhattan, turns into a promising collaboration between the two talents.

Director: John Carney | Stars: Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, Adam Levine, Hailee Steinfeld

Votes: 130,573 | Gross: $16.17M

7. The Artist (I) (2011)

PG-13 | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

89 Metascore

An egomaniacal film star develops a relationship with a young dancer against the backdrop of Hollywood's silent era.

Director: Michel Hazanavicius | Stars: Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo, John Goodman, James Cromwell

Votes: 217,817 | Gross: $44.67M

8. Walking on Sunshine (2014)

Not Rated | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

Set to the music of popular hit songs from the 1980s. A beautiful coastal village, present day Italy. After a whirlwind romance, Maddie is preparing to marry gorgeous Italian Raf, and has ... See full summary »

Directors: Max Giwa, Dania Pasquini | Stars: Greg Wise, Hannah Arterton, Annabel Scholey, Giulio Berruti

Votes: 4,546

9. Les Misérables (2012)

PG-13 | 158 min | Drama, History, Musical

63 Metascore

In 19th-century France, Jean Valjean, who for decades has been hunted by the ruthless policeman Javert after breaking parole, agrees to care for a factory worker's daughter. The decision changes their lives forever.

Director: Tom Hooper | Stars: Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried

Votes: 287,267 | Gross: $148.81M

10. School of Rock (2003)

PG-13 | 109 min | Comedy, Music

82 Metascore

After being kicked out of his rock band, Dewey Finn becomes a substitute teacher of an uptight elementary private school, only to try and turn them into a rock band.

Director: Richard Linklater | Stars: Jack Black, Mike White, Joan Cusack, Adam Pascal

Votes: 246,382 | Gross: $81.26M

11. Moulin Rouge! (2001)

PG-13 | 127 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

66 Metascore

A poet falls for a beautiful courtesan whom a jealous duke covets.

Director: Baz Luhrmann | Stars: Nicole Kidman, Ewan McGregor, John Leguizamo, Jim Broadbent

Votes: 252,731 | Gross: $57.39M

12. Walk the Line (2005)

PG-13 | 136 min | Biography, Drama, Music

72 Metascore

A chronicle of country music legend Johnny Cash's life, from his early days on an Arkansas cotton farm to his rise to fame with Sun Records in Memphis, where he recorded alongside Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins.

Director: James Mangold | Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Reese Witherspoon, Ginnifer Goodwin, Robert Patrick

Votes: 213,745 | Gross: $119.52M

13. Chicago (2002)

PG-13 | 113 min | Comedy, Crime, Musical

82 Metascore

Two death-row murderesses develop a fierce rivalry while competing for publicity, celebrity, and a sleazy lawyer's attention.

Director: Rob Marshall | Stars: Renée Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Richard Gere, Taye Diggs

Votes: 201,957 | Gross: $170.69M

14. Miss Saigon: 25th Anniversary (2016)

R | 141 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

A filmed production of the musical 'Miss Saigon' for its 25th anniversary, performed live at London's Prince Edward Theatre, in London's West End. Including the 2hr 20minute production and a bonus 35-minute "25th Anniversary Gala" which included stars of the original cast, Jonathan Pryce, Lea Salonga and Simon Bowman.

Director: Brett Sullivan | Stars: Jon Jon Briones, Eva Noblezada, Alistair Brammer, Kwang-Ho Hong

Votes: 1,030

15. Burlesque (I) (2010)

PG-13 | 119 min | Drama, Music, Musical

47 Metascore

A small-town girl ventures to Los Angeles and finds her place in a neo-burlesque club run by a former dancer.

Director: Steve Antin | Stars: Cher, Christina Aguilera, Alan Cumming, Eric Dane

Votes: 71,398 | Gross: $39.44M

16. Legally Blonde: The Musical (2007 TV Movie)

185 min | Musical

Tells the story of Delta Nu Sorority Sister Elle Woods, and her amazing trip in pursuit of sexy man Warner Huntington III. Along the way she meets friends Emmett, Paulette, and all her Delta Nus see her through.

Directors: Beth McCarthy-Miller, Jerry Mitchell | Stars: Laura Bell Bundy, Christian Borle, Orfeh, Richard H. Blake

Votes: 1,101

17. The Sapphires (2012)

PG-13 | 103 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

67 Metascore

It's 1968, and four young, talented Australian Aboriginal girls learn about love, friendship and war when their all-girl group The Sapphires entertain the US troops in Vietnam.

Director: Wayne Blair | Stars: Chris O'Dowd, Deborah Mailman, Jessica Mauboy, Shari Sebbens

Votes: 12,212 | Gross: $2.45M

18. Jersey Boys (2014)

R | 134 min | Biography, Drama, Music

54 Metascore

The story of four young men from the wrong side of the tracks in New Jersey who came together to form the iconic 1960s rock group The Four Seasons.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: John Lloyd Young, Erich Bergen, Michael Lomenda, Vincent Piazza

Votes: 30,537 | Gross: $47.03M

19. Lemonade Mouth (2011 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 103 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

Five high school kids, Olivia, Wendall, Stella, Charlie, and Mo, meet in detention and start a band based on the lemonade vending machine outside the detention room.

Director: Patricia Riggen | Stars: Bridgit Mendler, Adam Hicks, Hayley Kiyoko, Naomi Scott

Votes: 12,449

20. Shrek the Musical (2013)

TV-G | 130 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

Make room for ogre-sized family fun as the greatest fairy tale never told comes to life in a whole new way in this breathtaking Broadway musical adaptation of the hit movie Shrek!

Director: Michael John Warren | Stars: Brian d'Arcy James, Sutton Foster, Christopher Sieber, John Tartaglia

Votes: 2,293

21. Searching for Sugar Man (2012)

PG-13 | 86 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

79 Metascore

Two South Africans set out to discover what happened to their unlikely musical hero, the mysterious 1970s rock n roller, Rodriguez.

Director: Malik Bendjelloul | Stars: Rodriguez, Stephen 'Sugar' Segerman, Dennis Coffey, Mike Theodore

Votes: 58,893 | Gross: $3.97M

22. Whiplash (2014)

R | 106 min | Drama, Music

88 Metascore

A promising young drummer enrolls at a cut-throat music conservatory where his dreams of greatness are mentored by an instructor who will stop at nothing to realize a student's potential.

Director: Damien Chazelle | Stars: Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons, Melissa Benoist, Paul Reiser

Votes: 623,155 | Gross: $13.09M

23. The Phantom of the Opera (2004)

PG-13 | 143 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

40 Metascore

A young soprano becomes the obsession of a disfigured and murderous musical genius who lives beneath the Paris Opéra House.

Director: Joel Schumacher | Stars: Gerard Butler, Emmy Rossum, Patrick Wilson, Miranda Richardson

Votes: 110,113 | Gross: $51.27M

24. Hairspray (2007)

PG | 117 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

81 Metascore

Pleasantly plump teenager Tracy Turnblad teaches 1962 Baltimore a thing or two about integration after landing a spot on a local TV dance show.

Director: Adam Shankman | Stars: John Travolta, Queen Latifah, Nikki Blonsky, Michelle Pfeiffer

Votes: 113,544 | Gross: $118.87M

25. Across the Universe (2007)

PG-13 | 133 min | Drama, Fantasy, History

56 Metascore

The music of The Beatles and the Vietnam War form the backdrop for the romance between an upper-class American girl and a poor Liverpudlian artist.

Director: Julie Taymor | Stars: Evan Rachel Wood, Jim Sturgess, Joe Anderson, Dana Fuchs

Votes: 101,847 | Gross: $24.34M

26. Rent (2005)

PG-13 | 135 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

53 Metascore

This is the film version of the Pulitzer and Tony Award winning musical about Bohemians in the East Village of New York City struggling with life, love and AIDS, and the impacts they have on America.

Director: Chris Columbus | Stars: Taye Diggs, Wilson Jermaine Heredia, Rosario Dawson, Anthony Rapp

Votes: 46,771 | Gross: $29.08M

27. Una hora más en Canarias (2010)

96 min | Comedy, Musical

Claudia is an attractive and enterprising thirties forming an ideal family with her husband and son. Her life is perfect, even she has a handsome lover named Paul who takes phenomenal. ... See full summary »

Director: David Serrano | Stars: Quim Gutiérrez, Angie Cepeda, Juana Acosta, Eduardo Blanco

Votes: 337

28. Hannah Montana: The Movie (2009)

G | 102 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

47 Metascore

As Hannah Montana's popularity begins to take over her life, Miley Stewart, on the urging from her father takes a trip to her hometown of Crowley Corners, Tennessee to get some perspective on what matters in life the most.

Director: Peter Chelsom | Stars: Miley Cyrus, Emily Osment, Billy Ray Cyrus, Jason Earles

Votes: 37,097 | Gross: $79.57M

29. Pitch Perfect (2012)

PG-13 | 112 min | Comedy, Music, Romance

66 Metascore

Beca, a freshman at Barden University, is cajoled into joining The Bellas, her school's all-girls singing group. Injecting some much needed energy into their repertoire, The Bellas take on their male rivals in a campus competition.

Director: Jason Moore | Stars: Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow, Rebel Wilson, Anna Camp

Votes: 257,894 | Gross: $65.00M

30. High School Musical (2006 TV Movie)

TV-G | 98 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

A popular high school athlete and an academically gifted girl get roles in the school musical and develop a friendship that threatens East High's social order.

Director: Kenny Ortega | Stars: Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale, Lucas Grabeel

Votes: 73,365

31. Coyote Ugly (2000)

PG-13 | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

27 Metascore

Aspiring songwriter Violet Sanford, after getting a job at a women-run NYC bar that teases its male patrons, comes out of her shell.

Director: David McNally | Stars: Piper Perabo, Adam Garcia, John Goodman, Maria Bello

Votes: 101,267 | Gross: $60.79M

32. The Greatest Showman (2017)

PG | 105 min | Biography, Drama, Musical

48 Metascore

Celebrates the birth of show business and tells of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation.

Director: Michael Gracey | Stars: Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams, Zac Efron, Zendaya

Votes: 202,279 | Gross: $174.34M

33. Holy Camp! (2017)

108 min | Musical

María and Susana, two rebellious teens spend their summer in a catholic camp. With music as their common denominator, teen rebellion and ecclesiastic order will collide, creating a hymn to freedom and first love.

Directors: Javier Ambrossi, Javier Calvo | Stars: Macarena García, Anna Castillo, Belén Cuesta, Gracia Olayo

Votes: 2,995

34. Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018)

PG-13 | 114 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

60 Metascore

Five years after the events of Mamma Mia! (2008), Sophie prepares for the grand reopening of the Hotel Bella Donna as she learns more about her mother's past.

Director: Ol Parker | Stars: Lily James, Amanda Seyfried, Meryl Streep, Cher

Votes: 62,208 | Gross: $120.63M

35. Fame (2009)

PG | 107 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

39 Metascore

An updated version of the musical Fame (1980), which centered on the students of the New York Academy of Performing Arts.

Director: Kevin Tancharoen | Stars: Kelsey Grammer, Bebe Neuwirth, Megan Mullally, Kay Panabaker

Votes: 15,408 | Gross: $22.46M

36. Dirty Dancing (2017 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 130 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

A musical re-imagining of the 1987 film, Dirty Dancing (1987).

Director: Wayne Blair | Stars: Abigail Breslin, Colt Prattes, Sarah Hyland, Nicole Scherzinger

Votes: 5,390

37. Footloose (2011)

PG-13 | 113 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

58 Metascore

City teenager Ren MacCormack moves to a small town where rock music and dancing have been banned, and his rebellious spirit shakes up the populace.

Director: Craig Brewer | Stars: Kenny Wormald, Julianne Hough, Dennis Quaid, Andie MacDowell

Votes: 43,452 | Gross: $51.80M

38. Camp Rock (2008 TV Movie)

TV-G | 94 min | Comedy, Family, Music

At a music camp for gifted teens, a popular teen idol overhears a girl singing and sets out to find who the talented voice belongs to. What he doesn't know is that the girl is actually a camp kitchen worker with a fear of being heard.

Director: Matthew Diamond | Stars: Demi Lovato, Joe Jonas, Meaghan Martin, Maria Canals-Barrera

Votes: 27,116

39. Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam (2010 TV Movie)

TV-G | 97 min | Comedy, Family, Music

Mitchie is back with her friends at Camp Rock, ready to perform music, dance and have a good time. Her "boyfriend" is there as well. A new camp has opened across the lake, creating an atmosphere of competition or feud.

Director: Paul Hoen | Stars: Demi Lovato, Joe Jonas, Nick Jonas, Kevin Jonas

Votes: 14,581

40. High School Musical 3: Senior Year (2008)

G | 112 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

57 Metascore

As seniors in high school, Troy and Gabriella struggle with the idea of being separated from one another as college approaches. Along with the rest of the Wildcats, they stage a spring musical to address their experiences, hopes and fears about their future.

Director: Kenny Ortega | Stars: Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale, Lucas Grabeel

Votes: 53,224 | Gross: $90.56M

41. High School Musical 2 (2007 TV Movie)

TV-G | 104 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

School's out for summer and the East High Wildcats are ready to make it the time of their lives after landing jobs in a wealthy country club owned by Sharpay and Ryan's family.

Director: Kenny Ortega | Stars: Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale, Lucas Grabeel

Votes: 50,024

42. Teen Beach Movie (2013 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 110 min | Family, Fantasy, Musical

Two surfing lovers, whose doomed relationship is nearing to a close, find themselves swept into a a dimension traversing wave that sends them into a beach movie musical in the 60's.

Director: Jeffrey Hornaday | Stars: Ross Lynch, Maia Mitchell, Gracie Gillam, Garrett Clayton

Votes: 8,281

43. Teen Beach 2 (2015 TV Movie)

TV-G | 104 min | Family, Fantasy, Musical

Modern day teens Mack and Brady get a real world visit from Lela, Tanner, Butchy, and other surfer and biker pals from the beach party film within a film, Wet Side Story.

Director: Jeffrey Hornaday | Stars: Ross Lynch, Maia Mitchell, Gracie Gillam, Garrett Clayton

Votes: 2,945

44. Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert (2018 TV Special)

TV-PG | 99 min | Musical

A live musical recounting the final days of Jesus Christ and those around him.

Directors: David Leveaux, Alex Rudzinski | Stars: Sara Bareilles, Alice Cooper, Ben Daniels, Brandon Victor Dixon

Votes: 2,602

45. A Star Is Born (2018)

R | 136 min | Drama, Music, Romance

88 Metascore

A musician helps a young singer find fame as age and alcoholism send his own career into a downward spiral.

Director: Bradley Cooper | Stars: Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper, Sam Elliott, Greg Grunberg

Votes: 261,026 | Gross: $215.29M

46. Rent: Live (2019 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 134 min | Musical

The story of several friends in New York City facing financial poverty, homophobia, AIDS, and, of course, rent.

Directors: Michael Greif, Alex Rudzinski | Stars: Vanessa Hudgens, Jordan Fisher, Tinashe, Kiersey Clemons

Votes: 1,170

47. Aladdin (2019)

PG | 128 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

53 Metascore

A kind-hearted street urchin and a power-hungry Grand Vizier vie for a magic lamp that has the power to make their deepest wishes come true.

Director: Guy Ritchie | Stars: Will Smith, Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott, Marwan Kenzari

Votes: 83,590 | Gross: $336.24M



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